At St Anselm’s we aim to develop in children an inspiring and positive attitude to mathematics. We want them to have an understanding of mathematics through a process of enquiry, reasoning and problem solving using a range of learning strategies: working both cooperatively, collaboratively and independently. We do this by teaching maths using a mastery approach. Teachers have high expectations of all children and they believe that all children have the ability to succeed. Through our teaching we want our children to gain confidence in mathematics so that they can express their ideas fluently and talk about the subject using mathematical language. We believe in the principle of ‘Maths, Everyone Can!’ Our lessons are built on the following principles of a mastery lesson:
- Coherence – breaking down mathematical concepts into small, well sequenced, manageable steps.
- Variation – procedural and conceptual
- Representation and structure – carefully choosing ways to reveal the structure of the mathematics, and representing it in a variety of ways.
- Mathematical thinking – chains of reasoning and use of precise mathematical vocabulary.
- Fluency – number and table facts and recognising the relationship between them.
The national curriculum for Mathematics aims to ensure that all pupils:
- Become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.
- Reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language.
- Can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.
Key Instant Recall Facts
KIRFs (Key Instant Recall Facts) are designed to support the development of the mental skills that underpin much of the mathematics work in school. They are particularly useful when calculating, be it adding, subtracting, multiplying or dividing. Please use the links below to see the KIRFS your childs year group are currently following;
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